Friday, March 30, 2012

Review: FourSevens Quark Mini123 High CRI LED

4Sevens MiniX 123
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

3 Must have items when bugging out of the Country

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Decadence in Argentina as it falls Apart

Most educated people knew that the second term of Cristina Kirchner ruling Argentina would be hard to say the least. With a decade of K rulership, since her husband Nestor was the president before her, it has now become very difficult to be optimist.
Lets try to explain how life is for people now in Argentina. Power supply interruptions are common as it usually happens this time of the year. Just a few days ago many places of the city ended up under water due to the intense rain and lack of pluvial infrastructure investment.
In economic terms the same old story continues, one that the Kirchners already have us used to, salaries keep rising, but never catching up with the 25% a year inflation. As a result, the standard of living has been decreasing proportionally. With the peso artificially pegged (once again) to the dollar at 4 to 1 this time, Argentina isn’t just expensive to live in in pesos, its expensive even when visiting with dollars or other foreign currency.
Secretary of Commerce Gullermo Moreno is stopping 2 out of 10 importation requests, and that’s only the ones that bother requesting. Other sources say that only 2 out of 10 requests get approved. When asking around stores they tell you that there’s no importation whatsoever in terms of electronics and plastic products such as toys or textiles, and at the end of the day that matters to consumers. Small or large chain store, the story has been the same for over a year and keeps getting worse: Moreno is stopping importations so as to promote national industry. The first problem with this this mechanism has proven to fail more often than work and we are already seeing the results. “Malo y Caro” (expensive and bad quality) are words that describe national production, especially when it comes to electronics. What can you expect when people are forced to buy whatever junk a corrupt businessman with strong political connections puts on the market? And the sad part is, this can barely be described as “national production”, its more like national assembly, with 95% of the manufacturing still being made in China. Usually its just the exterior box and manual that gets made locally. Sometimes its just a matter of sticking a local brand on the product that comes from abroad. At the end of the day its still Made in China electronics, the difference is that the “businessman” is the one paying the cheap price for it, and forcing you to pay whatever he feels like it. A nice dividend going to the politicians that allow this to go on in the first place, keeps things rolling.
This impacts society in a number of ways. “I cant even buy an iron!” complained a relative of mine. “All I can find is that locally produced Longvie junk, and its expensive at that”.
A quick visit to the Garbarino website shows that if you want a washing machine, you can only buy expensive and poorly put together local brands. Washer and drier? Two models, both made by Longvie and either one costs 1000 USD. When it comes to Tvs there’s a bit more offer, but be prepared to pay dearly for the precious imported product: A basic Samsung LCD 32” TV will cost you 800 USD.
Another relative that is about to travel told me “Its crazy, as soon as people knew I was traveling to USA they started asking me for stuff. Even people I didn’t know that well approached me with money asking if I could get them clothes and toys for their kids”. Toys being a plastic import that supposedly could be made locally, are pretty much banned from importation. Within the “supposedly” part of the explanations lacks the little problem of the local industry not being capable of producing that type of plastic product. Argentina toys are of poor quality. The plastic itself is generally of the type that breaks like glass and cuts you. I’ve stepped over such crappy cars myself more than once and had to pull pieces of plastic out of my feet. The last time this happened to me I couldn’t stop myself from smiling, remembering that Simpsons chapter where the Krusty cereal box advertises a barbed steel wheel hidden inside the cereal. How can anyone allow such a product to be sold to kids?
Because the importation restrictions also affect clothes and shoes, again in an attempt to shove national production down our throats, finding brand name shoes is increasingly hard. When you do find them the prices are exorbitant, mostly because they are scarce and only manage their way in through secondary channels. Its funny to see how among the better off kids, they will usually have the same model of Addidas or Nike, the one that someone managed to get into the country.
Most of this is old news and few things surprise you anymore in Argentina, so why would the future look any worse? One of the things that have allowed this madness to continue is that Argentina is a mayor producer of soy, which has had a record high price in recent years. The problem though is that there’s already been a 40% loss of this years production in the mayor soy producing locations due to the draught.
Even worse is the situation with medicines and medical supplies.
Drugs are getting harder to come by, and it includes everything from cancer medication to epileptic seizure medicines, even vaccines and diapers for paralyzed older children.
Laura Sama needs medicine for her ulcer problem, and when the imported drug wasn’t available she used a locally produced option, but the one produced nationally had a component to which she was alergic and it nearly killed her. Now she goes around drug stores seeing if anyone can get her the imported drug that she needs.
Even books are getting banned from the importation. The excuse? The Argentine government cares so much that they wont allow in books and magazines until they are tested for the the lead content in their ink. If you buy a book online you have to go to customs… and then see when they get around to checking that sort of stuff.
Funny how that works since even blood tests are delayed due to the block on the importation of the reactives.
The ban on medicine importation should be bad enough, but there’s something particularly dreadful when a country starts banning books and magazines… its so Fahrenheit 451. With such a grim picture, its no wonder that companies keep closing and leaving Argentina for good. Giant Swift said “its just impossible to do business in Argentina anymore”.
No wonder people are already calling it Argenzuela.
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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Top 10 EDC Items

This “Top 10″ is more of a suggestion of items to consider. What you carry or not will depend a lot on your personal situation, even though some items are basic essentials that everyone should have.
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

When something goes bump in the Night!

I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago, and have begun implementing a few of your suggestions. Even with the little I have done so far, an incident last night showed me just how valuable a little bit of preparedness is.
At 4AM my wife shakes me awake and whispers, "I think someone may be in our house." I jumped out of bed, fumbled around a bit for my 9mm Glock, then though, "Oh crap I need a flashlight!" Obviously what I needed was a tactical flashlight, but those were in another room. However, what I did have was a keychain LED I started carrying after reading your blog. Not much, but at least I could see. I then proceeded to check the house. Thankfully it turned out to just be our cat making some noise.
Even though it was a false alarm, I was glad I knew the basics of how to handle it. Also, I knew that if it came to a fight, I at least had some knowledge of how those go down. Nowhere near as good as actual training, but better than nothing.
Here are my lessons learned:
ALWAYS keep a tactical flashlight with my gun
Install a light where I keep the gun that comes on automatically when I open its container so I'm not fumbling around with a loaded gun. I'm thinking one of these magnetic switches wired to a AA battery and a red LED.
Buy some JHP ammo. I did not enjoy having to worry about overpenetration from my FMJ rounds.
Sleep in something I can clip a knife and a reload mag to.
Secure my doors and windows better. It was hard to feel like I had fully proven that there was no intruder when there are so many EASY ways in.
Make sure my wife knows that if she thinks there is a problem, wake me immediately. I later found out she had been awake for 10 minutes worried that someone had broken in but thinking it was probably the cat and therefore did not want to wake me up. I told her what I read on your blog, that she has to wake me any time she thinks something is wrong because even though 99% of the time it will be nothing, that 1% could be life or death. I will gladly trade a little lost sleep for the safety of my family.
Also, before I read your blog I had kept my gun with the magazine removed. Now I keep it with the magazine in but no round chambered. This is because my wife is absolutely not ok with having a round chambered before we go through Front Sight. However, I was quite thankful last night that I at least had the mag in because finding both the mag and the gun in the dark and getting the mag in correctly would have taken a LONG time.
Of course, most of these are things you have said over and over. They made sense when I read them, but now I am quite motivated to actually do them. Even the few changes I have made over the past few weeks in both preparedness and mindset helped tremendously. If this had happened a month ago, I would have been fumbling around with a magazine in the dark, blundering about the house with no light, and still convinced that a round or two of FMJ 9mm will put down an intruder no problem.
So in sum, thanks for writing this blog! My family is and will be safer because of it.

Hi John, I’m glad to see that my blog helped some!
The type of mental conditioning you want to achieve may take some time. Eventually you jump off the bed before even registering consciously what happened. Something just triggered in your brain on an unconscious level and you are out of your bed and with a gun in your hand before you consciously register it! Its only then that you think “that sounded like the boiler/a kid falling from bed/ the dog/ whatever”.
It does sound paranoid but indeed, 99% of the time its nothing, and that 1% is what makes all the difference in the world. If you didn’t react accordingly for the other 99, you cant expect to do so for the one time that it counts.
You have to be fast in reacting. I’ve known of cases where you have a minute or two before they break in, I’ve known of cases where all you hear is one loud sound, the one kick needed to bust your front door open and they are already in!
Get a good tactical flashlight, Surefire makes a nice powerful one, the Surefire E2D well built with a serious strike bezel.

SureFire E2D LED Defender Dual-Output LED (200 Lumens)

A way of seeing my gun in the dark that has worked well for me is installing tritium night sights. I can see the tritium sights clearly on the shelf inside the dresser if the door is opened. Night sights also improve enormously your ability to shoot in low light conditions so its important to have them.

Meprolight Glock Tru-Dot Night Sight for 9mm, .357 Sig, .45 S and W . 45 GAP - Fixed Set

Don’t count on FMJ. 9mm FMJ goes through people just punching holes like you wouldn’t believe. Do yourself and your family a favor and get good JHP ammo, Cor Bon or Gold Dot.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Selecting an EDC Bag

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

The mystery of the Argentine Big Mac…

I lived in Argentina almost my entire life, and while not a fan of fast food I’ve gone to McDonalds and Burger King on many occasions.
While I like Burger King better, McDonalds has nicer (and better advertised) toys, and being the father of two that basically seals my destiny in terms of burger choice.
When eating at the spooky clown’s store I’ve always ordered a quarter pounder with cheese. A couple burger menus and Happy meals would usually land a hefty bill to pay. Going to McDonalds is more expensive in Argentina than in USA, I knew that much, but seems that the evil looking clown has no problem in playing along the local corrupt government.
You see, there’s this thing called the Big Mac Index, an informal index created by The Economist in 1986 to measure purchasing power parity, or in other words how expensive stuff is compared from one country to another. To do that you need a product that is similar in each country, and the BigMac does just that. As informal as the Big Mac Index is, its been around long enough to be taken very seriously.

Surprised was I when I read that Argentina does quite well in the BigMac Index… but why is it then that I’ve always found it to be MORE expensive than other countries where Ive been to McDonalds?… wait.. why is it that I’ve always ordered Quarter Pounders with cheese instead of BigMacs?… oh! That’s right! There’s NO BIGMAC in Argentina! Its not advertised, its not displayed in any of their menu options, at least not openly in those big banners with pictures and menus. If you don’t see it offered, you don’t order it, and that’s the idea. McDonalds doesn’t want you to order the BigMac in  Argentina.

But why would they do this? Simple. To LIE about the BigMac Index, and make Argentina sound 50% cheaper than it actually is. If you compare the unusually low official price of the BigMac to the rest of the menus you see how its surprisingly low. The Argentine government came to some sort of arrangement with McDonalds: Keep the BigMac at X price, and we’ll make it up to you. That’s why the price is kept so low, and that’s why they don’t tell anyone the BigMac is listed.
But can you actually get the BIgMac in Argentina, even if it’s a best kept secret? I do remember this one time when my father visited us in Argentina and ordered a BigMac and they told him they didn’t have it, but other sources assure that they are obligated to sell it to you, so give it a try!
That’s how it works in Argentina. In any other sane country a company would openly advertise a product that they have at a very low price. In Argentina, its kept secret so as to not lose money, yet officially have it listed.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Gunfight during home Invasion

“Break into my house and I kill you” said Argentine radio host and actor Angel “Baby” Etchecopar.
Last night as Argentina usually forces you to do, he had to put his life where his mouth was.

Etchecopar and his son where involved in a shooting last night. The attack was pretty typical and there are some lessons to be learned.
It started with a common enough mistake, one that you may be able to get away with in less dangerous places but not Argentina: Last night his 24 year old son Federico was talking with his girlfriend in his car.  You're not supposed to do that. You're a sitting duck.
The well known radio host and actor had already been involved in a home robbery attempt a few years ago and had knocked down with a punch (lucky punch in his own words) and captured one of his attackers. This time they had his son and his girlfriend at gunpoint as they forced their way inside. Inside his house he cooperated with the attackers, opened his safe, gave them watches, cash, etc. They loaded a car with a TV as well but they wanted more. Constantly beating Baby and his son they were still not satisfied and started to touch and threaten to rape his 5 month pregnant daughter and wife.
Etchecopar then, thinking quickly and actually very smart, pretended to suffer a heart attack and conveniently collapse over his night table… where he kept his Glock .40.
“Baby” shot one of the attackers eight times, killing him. His son also picked a 357 magnum and shot back. The other attacker, 17 years old, escaped wounded and was later captured when he showed up in a hospital. Given his age, he’s unlikely to spend any time in jail. There’s a 3rd man that was involved in the robbery that hasn’t been captured yet but has been identified because of the pictures in the cellphone of his dead accomplice and their Facebook pictures.
During the gunfight, Baby was shot in both legs and one hand, his son was shot in the buttocks(punctured his intestine), twice in the chest (collapsed lung) and another shot in the leg. 18 spent cases were recovered in that bedroom, eight of them 40 S&W, the rest 9mm.
“Baby” Etchecopar is recovering well in spite of an exposed bone fracture in his leg. His son is still in intensive care and fighting to survive after two surgeries.
Lets try to learn a thing or two here.
First, what was done right:
1)Being armed, of course. And the weapon of choice is also smart. A .40 Glock and a 357 magnum backup which his son managed to use.
2)Pretending to collapse over the night table where he kept the gun. That was pretty smart given that they had the drop on him. When he saw that they wanted more than the material belongings, started to touch and threaten to rape his daughter and wife and kill him, his reaction was the best given the worst case scenario it had turned into.
3)The will to fight, with any and all means. Etchecopar made clear claims of what we would do if something like this happened and he indeed lived up to it. Even though both him and his son got seriously wounded, something very hard to avoid in a gunfight inside a room at probably extreme close quarters, they are still alive and his wife, daughter and unborn grandson are fine. They could be dead if he hadn’t fought back.
As for mistakes made:
1)His son shouldn’t have been talking in the parked car with his girlfriend. This is VERY risky to do in Argentina and people that become careless like that often pay for it. Its well known that you’re much safer going into a house or bar or coffee house instead if you want to talk.
2)Etchecopar hasn’t received formal defensive shooting training, and is more likely limited to a trip to the range for typical target practice instead. While luck is a big factor, a few lessons on self defense shooting may have been put to good use in this occasion, favoring his odds a bit more.
3)There's a chance that 3 or 4 rounds of 40S&W JHP would have been enough, and that he could have moved to the second attacker after that. Based on research of many similar incidents, I know that its easy to get blinded by the rage of the fight, caught in the moment. Maybe if he had done some defensive shooting training he would have shot 3 or 4 times and quickly moved to the next bad guy. Then again maybe he did need eight rounds to drop that particulat attacker. Its so easy to be technical when you're not the one shooting it out with a couple sociopaths in a bedroom surrounded by your son wife and pregnant daughter.
Things to notice:
1) The patterns of how these things happen. The moments of vulnerability and the window of opportunity provided by one careless action such as fooling around or talking in a parked car at 10 PM. You can do that in other places, not in Argentina.
2) You are only as strong as the weakest link. Even if you do all the training and have all the mindset and awareness in the planet, if your son or daughter is carless then you are as weak as the weakest link in the group. One day they’ll show up with someone pointing a gun at their head. Work on having the entire family involved and know what to do in these situations and which risks should be avoiding.
3) “Baby” got shot in the hand which is typical of exchanging gunfire given that the hands end up placed covering your center of mass as you shoot each other.Make sure you know your non dominant hand shooting skill, single handed reloading, etc.
4) 18 rounds fired, plus maybe another six in the revolver. Still think that you can count on 5 or 6 rounds doing the trick? Better have more ammo, accuracy, ease of reloading and the ability to place quick follow up shots on target.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hot item to Steal: Tide!

Thanks SiriusBlack over at the Modern Survivalist forum for bringing this up

Doesn’t’ go bad, its expensive and used by everyone on frequent basis: Laundry detergent  Tide!
Criminals are stealing it and later selling it to stores for below retail, even drug dealers are accepting it instead of cash, knowing a few bottles can be quickly sold and even 50% off retail leaves them a nice profit.

Expect more serious security at supermarkets in the not so distant future. I still remember the first time I saw a guard armed with a pump shotgun posted in front of a supermarket as food was being unloaded.
As things get worse, you’ll keep seeing more of this.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Recent Burglary

I've got to say you book hits the nail on the head 100%
I was recently burglarized and had 3 AR-15's and a Saiga 12 shotgun were taken along with the wifes jewelry. This county in Ohio is very rural only, one deputy is on duty at any one time and the crooks know this. There are 4 three man teams working hitting in broad daylight, night when ever they want. I suspect this is only going to get worse. Concealed carry classes are going on almost daily.
I've learned a lot from this; dumped this years tax return into security cameras solar motion detecting lights, a new gunsafe a steel front door etc. Thanks for the book, I wish I had implemented more of your suggestions early on.

Hi K, so sorry you had to go through that.
I’ve helped people after home invasions, its such an awful experience. People feel their intimacy stolen from them. Its not just that they take your belongings, they touch and go through what’s private, you cant help feel violated.
Indeed, cash, jewelry, guns, drugs/prescription drugs and maybe some small electronics is what they go for. There are cases where when they have enough time, they take everything they can, but in general that’s the short list right there.
You made some good suggestions there with the gun safe, security camera and lights.
Unfortunately these emails are becoming more and more common. While there’s some crime you avoid in less populated areas, I hope that by now people get it that distance does not equal safety. Yours isn’t the only email I’ve got about home invasions in rural locations.
One thing you might try doing is going to local and nearby city pawnshops with pictures and descriptions of what got stolen. You might get lucky and land with someone that identifies your belongings, its worth a shot.
Also guys, remember to take photos and make short videos of your belonging for the insurance company. A robbery, fire or some other disaster may occur and a short clip or drive with photos saves you time and money if you ever need to make a claim.
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Friday, March 9, 2012

The Seven Circles of Preparedness

Last year I wrote an article called “The Five Circles of Preparedness”. This video with a 6th and 7th circle would be an expanded version of said article.
1. Your Brain/Mindset/Skills
2. Your Body
3. Your Clothing and EDC Gear
4. Your Car/Office/Survival Stash/Home away from Home
5. Your Home
6. Your Neighborhood/City/State/Country.
7. Your Planet/Other Countries when yours is no longer an option.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Quark Mini CR2: Perfect Minimalist EDC Flashlight

This is a little wonder I’ve had with me for a while now, the 4Sevens Quark Mini CR2.
This thing is 2 inches long by 0.75 inches wide, so small it disappears in any pocket and can be easily carried daily by even the most weight or bulk sensitive person.
In spite of being so small it has low medium and high output of 180 lumens. In low mode it lasts for over a day and it has strobe, SOS and beacon as hidden modes as well.
The only issue is that CR2 batteries aren’t readily available so you’ll have to stock up on line, yet for the minimalist preper this one is hard to beat. Its available at 4Sevens website and costs $39.
Take care guys!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Reply to Van or Truck for Bugging Out: Bicycles

You might be better off with adding bicycle as suppliment to your a bug out vehicle sometimes. Roads bridges maybe clogged with traffic and protestors, fuel may be scarce. You can carry a decent amount of stuff on sturdy bike and keep moving. Granted if you have small kids you are still screwed.
We hada small earth quake here a few months ago on the east coast, a 4.5. Traffick was snarled to a crawl and the subway was limited to 15 MPH. A bike would have been handy in getting home.
note to all Gen Tomoyuki Yamashita put about 10,000 infantry on bicycles to keep up with his tanks. He used them as “motorized infantry”. He choose the bike, to increase speed and effectively double carrying capacity (for food, water ammo) of his grunts while keep fuel needs down, saving that limited “lift capability” for the ammo, food and water that couldn’t be carried on the bikes.

Bicycles are fun and very practical for short distance commuting and even carrying a few groceries. You spend 0.00 on fuel, you get to work out a bit, say hi to the neighbors as you drive by and the good solid ones last forever. They do have the disadvantage of leaving you exposed so they aren’t that great for dangerous areas or times when security is a concern.
The one I got isn’t a fancy mountain bike, but a traditional utility bike like the Cruiser bikes, something your grandma would use. These tend to be more comfortable, with wider seats and you are in a more up right position. That thing almost weights as much as my car but on the bright side its as solid as it can be.  It has mud guards to keep your clothes clean and avoid a line of mud magically appearing along your back (if you never saw the use for these then you never used a bike much!) and I have it fitted with a basket for a couple groceries bags.

Huffy 26-Inch Men's Cruiser Deluxe Bike (Blue)

For civil unrest, roadblocks and protestors I’d avoid those situations like the plague and wouldn’t drive across one with a bike if I could help it, but for short distance transportation they are pretty practical. For larger distances and greater cargo capacity I recommend looking at tricycles. These are used frequently in the third world and its surprising the volume and weight you can sometimes carry in these.

Schwinn Meridian Adult 26-Inch 3-Wheel Bike (Blue)

Take care,

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Van vs. Truck for Bugging Out

Hey Fernando,
First, fantastic book! I’ve read it twice and referred to parts of it many times. Both your book and your website are invaluable.
I have what might seem to be a dumb question, but here goes anyway. I am about to buy a new vehicle. Years ago I had a pickup truck and when I had it always said “I never want to be without a pickup truck”. Well, after many years of good service it died, and I ended up with a minivan, thanks to the family life. After a little while with it, I grew to love it and began to say “I never wanted to be without a minivan”. Anyway, the van has died and I’m now trying to decide which to get. On the positive side for a pickup truck are things like ground clearance, ability to throw absolutely anything in it, and oh by the way it’s a truck. As great as all that is, I found over the years that the minivan was almost better. Taking the seats out gave me tremendous space, and it was all enclosed, all the time. So if I had “stuff” in it and it was raining it did not get wet. If I wanted to stop someplace I didn’t have to worry about someone walking by and taking things out. As dumb as I feel like it sounds, I really cannot figure out which might be better if something bad breaks. Everyone thinks the truck is better, but I’m not sure. Any thoughts??

Hi Terry, thanks for your email. Its not a dumb question, it actually makes a lot of sense.
Sometimes the things you see on the internet about Bug Out vehicles are funny or plain sad when you can tell that a person actually is preparing for real for a fantasy he came up with.
You often see these huge 4×4 tucks, expensive to keep fueled, expensive to repair, that sit on a garage waiting for that “golden horde” and if something remotely like that ever happens and you happen to get to use that said vehicle, it has a 10 MPG efficiency… meanwhile your sissy ecofriendly neighbor covers five times as much distance per gallon on his Prius. It doesn’t make much sense does it, to waste precious and scarce gas on a vehicle designed mostly for off road when a real bug out or emergency situation still means you’re on roads 95% of the time or more.
As always the answer lies in between the two extremes, that place of common sense that survivalists so often miss.
Your points about the minivan advantage are correct. The only thing that I feel may be missing is capabilities in case of that rare 1-5% chance of needing four wheel drive and better ground clearance. I’ve had years of experience living with roadblocks, sometimes you couldn´t avoid at least one every single day. At times it got ugly and violent. What I learned from that was a)I want a vehicle that can go up a boulevard or sidewalk if needed. B) I want a vehicle that can go through dirt, mud, snow or sand if I need to do so. No, not badass off roading, just from a practical perspective of having to go off road for a bit to avoid trouble. I’ve seen cars trying to go across an ordinary grass field with a bit of mud here and there and the guys with 2WD would get stuck while the ones with 4WD sailed right across it without a problem. Yet since this will be done rarely a SUV with 4WD would do good enough, and clever selection may still land you one that is financially viable for everyday driving.
AS you mention, the minvan gives you a lot of space that you can actually use often. What you describe is correct, your stuff doesn’t get wet and you don’t have to worry about anyone stealing from the open compartment. Its not dumb, its a matter of practicality. If you have to sleep in the vehicle, you can move the seats and you can sleep there rather ok. Sometimes you see trucks with these fiberglass or fabric covers, which seems to be a poor solution.
If you consider these things, you see that you need a minivan type car with acceptable millage, ground clearance and 4WD capability. Certain SUVs come to mind, and when I came across your same predicament I ended up with a used Honda CR-V. It wont be winning any off road comeptitions but it gets you almost anywhere. The 2.0 litre isn’t a powerhorse, but well within the speed limit and the speed I usually drive at anyway. It does have a nice amount of cargo capacity for a medium sized SUV and its dry and well secured. Just a couple days ago I had a couple brand new bikes for the kids and various other shopping bags in the trunk, and still we could leave everything in it while we went to have dinner. With a truck you have to be more careful or keep an eye on it while you grab a bite.
Sometimes SUVs can be a pain so choose wisely. Two car dealers that I’ve talked to recently told me they only buy and drive Hondas or Toyotas. These two have been pretty consistent in terms of quality and reliability. Either the Honda CRV or Toyota Rav4 are good models. Toyota’s Land Cruiser is nice as well, but try keeping it realistic in terms of how much engine you need.
Take care and good luck!

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Top 10 Barter Items for SHTF

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